doc·​tor | ˈdäk-tər How to pronounce doctor (audio)

1a Christianity : an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church

called also doctor of the church

b : a learned or authoritative teacher

c : a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (such as a PhD) conferred by a university

Most of the college’s faculty members are doctors in their fields. The class is being taught by Doctor Menzer.

d : a person awarded an honorary doctorate (such as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university

2a : a person skilled or specializing in healing arts especially : one (such as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice See your doctor if the condition worsens. an eye doctor doctors’ bills

3a : material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect

b : a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface

4 : a person who restores, repairs, or fine-tunes things

doctored; doctoring ˈdäk-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce doctoring (audio)

transitive verb

1a : to give medical treatment to

doctored her ailing husband

b : to restore to good condition : repair doctor an old clock

2a : to adapt or modify for a desired end by alteration or special treatment

doctored the play to suit the audience The drink was doctored.

b : to alter deceptively

accused of doctoring the election returns The pitcher tried to cheat by doctoring the baseball.

intransitive verb

1 : to practice medicine

a career doctoring in the country

2 dialect : to take medicine

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